“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10.
Are you having trouble finding your purpose? Have you found yourself questioning whether you even have a purpose? Here are a few questions to consider:
What are you most passionate about?
Your purpose is very likely connected to something you are passionate about. Listening to my favorite Christian radio show, “Family Life Today“, I heard the host say when talking about finding purpose: “Think about what makes you hit your hand on the table and go: I need to do something about that!” This is exactly how I feel when I think about how much influence the world has on how teenage girls and young women feel about themselves. It’s exactly how I feel when I think about how many are doing and struggling with the same things I once was. It’s also how I feel when I think about how far the world has moved away from the Word of God. Think about what gives you this feeling. Like, I just have to do something about this. It’s almost like you feel an obligation to help. (At least that’s the feeling I have)
What do you find the most joy in? Complete this sentence: I can’t see myself doing anything else but ______________.
I don’t mean that this is the only thing you can find. I mean this is something that you LOVE doing. You’re good at it and can’t imagine not being able to do it. This could be singing, writing, dancing, helping others, etc. Whatever it is, you get up every morning looking forward to it. It does not feel like work because it makes you happy. I believe that God put in each one of us a desire to walk in what He calls us to do. For me, there is no greater feeling than teaching someone what I know about God and His Word. No greater feeling than inspiring others. No greater feeling than giving someone hope, whether it’s writing something for someone or giving encouraging words. I can’t see myself doing anything else.
What do your friends and family tell you?
While some people can easily identify what their gifts are, for others it may take someone else to point them out. Do people often tell you that you are gifted in a certain area? You might hear something like, “You know you are great with encouraging people. You would be an awesome coach” OR “You sure do have a way with decor. You would be a great interior designer” OR “Have you ever thought of teaching? You are so patient and easy to understand.” Pay attention to what others say. Ask your loved ones what they think.
Have you had to overcome a painful experience?
I ask this because our purpose is often connected to some kind of pain. Has it taught you things that you never would’ve learned had you not experienced pain? Are you able to teach and encourage other people because of that pain? This means that pain, as bad as it was, has worked out for your or someone else’s good. (Romans 8:28) Your purpose just might be helping people who are now struggling with something that you have overcome.
I hope that these questions have got you thinking. As always, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or prayer requests.
Love, Mizz K ♥